The management committee at a Coningsby Pre-School has insisted it is a “safe and happy place” - despite criticism in an Ofsted report.
Jacdor Community Pre-School has effectively been ‘downgraded’ by Ofsted following an inspection last month.
The previous inspection was in 2009 when Jacdor was rated as ‘good’ and given a grade two listing.
Now, Ofsted have listed it as grade three and say the pre-school requires improvement in certain areas, including the “effectiveness of leadership and management”.
The report states the school failed to report to Ofsted about changes to the management committee which is a legal requirement of the Early Years Register.
As a result, Ofsted was unable to carry out checks to ensure new committee members are suitable for their roles.
The report adds that children are not always provided with opportunities to “fully engage” in outdoor play during cold weather.
It also says that on occasions, staff miss the opportunity to “provide additional challenge and enhance children’s free expression and creativity in their artwork.”
The report does praise the staff and management committee in a number of key areas, stressing they support children with additional needs very well and prepare children well for school.
It points out children are well behaved because staff act as “positive role models”. It adds the school is “well resourced” and playrooms are “well presented.”
A statement issued by the management committee said: “Following the inspection, the setting’s ‘good’ rating was unfortunately lowered to ‘requires improvement’ because of a number of minor points picked up during the inspection.
“The committee and staff at Jacdor are determined that this change will only be a temporary one and are making every effort to regain our ‘good’ rating as quickly as possible by carrying out improvements suggested by Ofsted.
“The Chairman of the Committee, Marilyn Hawkins, firmly believes that Jacdor is still a safe and happy place for pre-school children, with a dedicated, well-trained staff whose priority will always be the education and well-being of the young children placed in their care by local families.”